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Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby krazypara3165 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 15:25

So, I was up early on Sunday and decided to give the garden a good tidy up. I'd noticed the hops have already broke through the soil! so with all my planters and borders in a right mess I dug up all the weeds and the plants that didn't do well from last year (raspberries and blackberries - they only took up space!) and mixed in more compost and a touch of manure.

Has anyone else's hops started to make an appearance this year?

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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby Rwilts » Mon Jan 26, 2015 15:54

I really fancy giving this a go. Where can you get the initial plant as when is best to plant ?


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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby krazypara3165 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 16:01

I think I bought rhizomes (root system) from here: http://www.willingham-nurseries.co.uk/hop.html

with rhizomes the earlier you plant them the better but usually best before the end of march. I think after that point nurseries start sending them out as plants instead of rhizomes.

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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby Bad 'Ed » Mon Jan 26, 2015 19:04

How much soil do they need? I've got lots of space at the front of the house I could fix trellis to and grow them up. Would ideally like to do it from a few large pots...

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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby krazypara3165 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 19:43

As much as you can give them really. That said, I have mine in small planters that I made myself

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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby Pjam » Mon Jan 26, 2015 19:45

krazypara3165 wrote:I'd noticed the hops have already broke through the soil!
Has anyone else's hops started to make an appearance this year?


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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby bobsbeer » Mon Jan 26, 2015 19:56

You must live in a sunny sheltered spot KP for them to be sprouting so early.
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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby krazypara3165 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 20:06

I live up north Bob, 53 degrees. I'm pretty shocked myself!

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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby krazypara3165 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 20:13

This is the size of my planters. Ideally they need to be deeper and wider but this is the plants second year so I'll see how it goes.Image
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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby LeithR » Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:15

Rather than starting an other thread based on this same subject I thought I'd ask on here.

I'm based pretty far north in Aberdeenshire and was wondering if Hops would thrive in a Pollytunnel? I'm a member of my local Mens Shed and we have just set up a P/Tunnel, I've been offered a bit of ground within but have little interest in growing veggies etc... and I thought hops wouldn't take up much ground space. Can they be trained up and down and up again if necessary on a trellis?

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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby krazypara3165 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:36

I wrapped mine on a trellis (attached to a fence panel) but they take up a fair bit of room!

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Maturing:
Rhubarb Wine, WOW rose', Elderberry wine, Mixed berries wine, Elderflower and grapefruit wine, Elderberry wine.

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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby Pjam » Sun Apr 26, 2015 15:09

To answer 'Can they be trained up and down' ? No they won't go down or even sideways ... not happily anyway.

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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby mark1964 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 17:29

they will grow whichever way you train them. Ours grew happily sideways. How old is your plant Pjam? if its 4 years old then 4 shoots are ok if its less than 4 years old you need to trim the weakest shoot back to ground level.

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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby Pjam » Sun Apr 26, 2015 17:35

mark1964 wrote: How old is your plant Pjam? if its 4 years old then 4 shoots are ok


Ah OK. It's only 3 years old. I tried 4 shoots last year and your right, only 3 produced hops, the other shoot was just a drain on the others. I do like the symmetry though.
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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby darren west » Sun Apr 26, 2015 17:47

i have kent goldings growing up a 20ft pole
the are 18 inch high so far
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Re: Growing hops 2015 crop

Postby jkp » Mon Apr 27, 2015 06:38

LeithR wrote:Can they be trained up and down and up again if necessary on a trellis?


You could try an adjustable trellis as they describe here.

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